Action Plan for Creating an Accessible Website

  1. Establish, maintain this action plan as the core of our website accessibility policy.

  2. Develop a plan for making our existing web content accessible.
    • Review web hosting service providers that can provide structure to help ensure compliance and possibly share responsibility
    • Educate staff on how to provide new content with accessibility features
    • Assess staff resources and funding necessary to achieve compliance by modifying existing content or starting over with a new website
  3. Ensure that all new and modified webpages and content are accessible.
    • Check the HTML of all new webpages. Make sure that accessible coding is used, and language for readers is defined.
    • Make sure that visual styles are designed so they do not restrict users from changing the color and font settings of their browser and operating system to modify the style.
    • If images are used, including photos, graphics, scanned images, or image maps, make sure to include a text equivalent, by adding “alt” tags or long descriptions, for each.
    • If using online forms and tables, make those elements accessible by labeling each control (including buttons, check boxes, drop-down menus, and text fields) with a descriptive HTML tag.
    • When posting documents on the website, always provide them in HTML or a text-based format (even if we are also providing them in another format, such as PDF).
    • Provide a mechanism for screen readers to skip navigation on every page.
    • Add synchronized captioning to videos with sound in them, add meta text descriptions to videos without sound.
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